Maui Humane Society (MHS) will hold a panleukopenia vaccination clinic at the shelter on Saturday, July 19, from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the MHS modular building behind the main shelter building. Signs will be posted. Parking will be available next to the building or along the roadway. Cost is by donation.
Another case of feline panleukopenia has been confirmed in Kula, not far from the original case, but outside of what was originally considered the "hot zone." Having this confirmed case in an area outside the designated "hot zone," MHS said, makes it seem likely that the virus has started to spread, and due to the island's highly mobile society, will eventually be found throughout Maui.
Cat owners are encouraged to vaccinate their cats as soon as possible. Even if pet cats do not go outside, the virus can still be spread via humans tracking on their shoes, clothing, etc. Cat-to-cat contact is not necessary to spread the disease.
The cat that was confirmed positive was vaccinated about 17 days prior to falling ill. Based on the normal incubation period for panleukopenia. The MHS suspects that he was vaccinated just a few days before being exposed to the virus. Although this wasn't enough time to fully protect the cat from the disease, it probably did give him a better chance at survival, and unlike most cats, that succumb to the virus, he is doing well and expected to survive with supported care from his veterinarian.
The clinic is meant for all friendly, tame cats. Cats and kittens should be at least 6 weeks old and all cats should be transported in secure carriers. For everyone's safety, cats in improper carriers will not be accepted. Carriers are available for rent from MHS and cardboard carriers can be purchased at the shelter ahead of time for $10. Feral cats should not be brought to these vaccine clinics. Call MHS for vaccination options for feral cats.